Reading Aloud (and some glimpses of spring)

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From the “Calla Editions” version of Grimm’s Fairy Tales. Illustration by Arthur Rackham. Find your copy here!

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Two Northern Shoveler ducks – look at those beaks!

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Could it be that a warmer breeze is ruffling the twigs and branches in the garden? Could it be that we see crocuses, snowdrops, and even little daffodils blooming along the fringe? Yes indeed! Spring is just around the corner.

Over the last month, Kevin and I have taken to reading aloud to one another from a collection of Grimm’s Fairy Tales. It has become a sort of ritual. Gathering coffee or tea we sit in my sunlit bedroom and read, laughing aloud at some of the absurd stories and chatting afterwards about the themes and characters. There is something incredibly old about the act of reading aloud. We forget that the spoken word came before the written word, and many of the fairy stories we cherish today originated in an old tradition of oral storytelling. It’s magical and feels rare to let these stories stretch out in the open air, becoming something greater because they are shared.  Though of course I love the privacy and intimacy of reading alone, reading aloud creates a community through the act of storytelling – and what could be more special than that?

Though I refer to the whole book, the specific images featured are from this story:
Grimm, Jacob, and Wilhelm Grimm. “The Cat and Mouse in Partnership.”Grimm’s Fairy Tales. Illustrated by Arthur Rackham. Trans. Edgar Lucas. Mineola, NY: Calla Editions, 2010. 71-76. Print.

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